I would describe it as modern country rock blending early 90s country with contemporary country elements that are popular today. The goal is to create a sound that is accessible to everyone (even non country fans) without abandoning the elements that make country music what it is. Songs from the heart, songs of life, struggle, redemption, pain and celebration.All the feelings and emotions that everyday people go through just trying to get through life. These are songs that everyone can relate to because it covers the things we all experience (relationships, careers, family, friends and good times).
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR TOP 5 INFLUENCES?
Dire Straits, Luke Bryan, Aerosmith, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FANS TO TAKE FROM YOUR MUSIC?
I hope everyone can relate to these songs in their own way and my goal is to leave something behind that can influence my fans in a positive way. Whether they enjoy my songs in the moment, or if my music inspires them to do something to makes their lives better, fixes a bad mood, or reminds them to care for someone or forgive, or laugh, or love. There are so many phases of life that are over in an instant but they can be relived through song just as clear as looking at a photograph.
TELL US ABOUT ‘REDHEADS’ – THE VIDEO IS FANTASTIC!
So glad to hear you guys love the video. It was so much fun to make! This song is no joke because everyone that knows me well knows that I have a thing for redheads, always have. Every time I would see a cute girl with red hair, pale skin, green eyes, and freckles I’d lose my mind. My friends always thought I was nutty, saying that they didn’t get it but that’s what makes the song so great. Every guy or girl has a type. While you are seeing a 10 your friends are seeing a 6 or 7. That’s another flavor of life that makes it so interesting in what we each find attractive. Though I wrote this song specifically about redheads,it was designed to relate to anyone that has a fetish of their own or a type. Whether you are into short girls, blondes, asians, girls with small feet, who knows!! The lyrics were written to embody what goes on in a persons mind when they see their type. In essence I think everyone can relate to that which is why I wrote the song to not take myself too seriously.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE/HATE ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
It has really impressed me how far technology has come in the last 20 years. There are so many different mediums for artists to get their work out there that never existed before. As a kid growing up there was just the radio and MTV and I remember being starved to hear new music. I would sit in my room with a tape recorder and record songs off the radio I liked and listen to them on my Kool-Aid Man walkman till my batteries died. Now music is everywhere and its insanely easy for artists to distribute and share their music instantaneously and have it be right in the fingertips of everyone in the world.
BEST CONCERT/ PLAYING LIVE?
I’d have to say it the show I remember the most is playing Riverfront Park in my home town for the 4th of July celebration several years back. We were outside and it was really hot but with the Spokane River at our backs and playing for 1000’s of people on a holiday? It couldn’t have been any better.
HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC EVOLVED OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS?
I’d say my overview of the writing process has matured a lot from collaborating with the right people and absorbing their knowledge and experience. A lot of artists, early in their career, can make the mistake of focusing too heavily on writing what they think will make them famous, or trying to emulate someone else instead of focusing on what comes naturally to them and best represents their personality. For years I made this mistake by being in the wrong types of bands and following other people’s dreams. I soon realized I would never be successful or happy as a musician walking down someone else’s path. When I met my current producer Tom Chandler, I knew instantly that he understood my vision for my release“The Starting Line,” and together we would make an album that I would be proud to share with the world. He played a huge part in bringing my ideas to life.
WHO WOULD YOU DRINK/WRITE/PLAY WITH – DEAD OR ALIVE?
Drink with? – Ronald Reagan, seems like he’s the kind of guy who would sit with you at the bar and share the most interesting stories while at the same time make you smarter.
Write with? – Neil Diamond.
Play with? – I would love to play a show with the 1984 line-up from Toto as my backing band. We would have no limits and could play any song imaginable.
WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR YOU THIS SUMMER AND LATER THIS YEAR?
I’m excited to spend most of July shooting the follow-up music video to Redheads for the second single off my album with talented director Spencer Davies of Trespasser Productions called “Summer Song.” We are planning a global release in August with heavy promotion through September. Then, I’ll be going right back into the studio in the fall to begin writing and recording a much more ambitious follow-up album which we plan to release early in the new year. It’s going to be a busy six months!